Outer Worlds, Rollerdrome writer is engaged on a Lord of the Rings game with Weta Workshop

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If you don’t know writer Private Division by title, you then should at the very least be acquainted with the video games it has helped launch. The model serves as Take-Two’s indie label, and it’s shepherded the likes of The Outer Worlds, Hades, OlliOlli World, Rollerdrome, and extra. Next up? A Lord of the Rings game.

As introduced on Twitter, Private Division has “partnered with Weta Workshop to publish a new game set in the literary Middle-earth universe of J.R.R. Tolkien.” Weta and Lord of the Rings are already fairly intently related, because the studio was chargeable for the long-lasting CGI and sensible results within the Peter Jackson-directed movie trilogy. Now the 2 are becoming a member of forces for what might find yourself being a really thrilling game — Weta has the expertise.

We’re thrilled to announce that now we have partnered with @WetaWorkshop to publish a brand new game set within the literary Middle-earth universe of J.R.R. Tolkien. We look ahead to sharing extra in regards to the venture sooner or later! pic.twitter.com/z9HxvXe7Da

— Private Division (@PrivateDivision) August 15, 2022

People on the two firms are definitely hyped for the partnership. “The Lord of the Rings IP is home to so many remarkable stories, and no entity is better equipped than the team at Weta Workshop to create a distinctive, new Middle-earth gaming experience,” stated head of Private Division Michael Worosz in a press launch. “It’s a privilege to create a new game set in Middle-earth, especially one that’s so different from what fans have played previously,” echoed Amie Wolken, head of interactive at Weta.

There isn’t way more information to glean from the press launch. “This title is in early development and does not yet have an announced release date,” it reads. “It is expected to launch during Take-Two’s fiscal year 2024.” Having an anticipated launch window is sweet; FY 2024 runs from April 1, 2023 via March 31, 2024. Notably, that’s the identical window throughout which some analysts have predicted the Grand Theft Auto 6 launch date will fall.

We’ll see a brand new Lord of the Rings game lengthy earlier than both of these initiatives are completed, although. Lord of the Rings: Gollum has locked in a September 1 launch date. That game is about in a parallel timeline to the books’ early chapters.